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Luke Combs Is First Artist With 5 Hits in Hot Country Songs Top 25 Since Johnny Cash 60 Years Ago

Luke Combs
Sami Drasin

Luke Combs photographed on May 15, 2019 in Dickson, Tenn. 

All five Combs tracks are from his new EP, 'The Prequel.'

As Luke Combs' new five-track EP The Prequel launches at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated June 22), the singer-songwriter earns an honor on the Hot Country Songs survey that hadn't been achieved since Johnny Cash did so over 60 years ago.   

Combs places all five songs from Prequel in the Hot Country Songs top 25. Lead radio single "Beer Never Broke My Heart" rises 5-3 for a new peak and the other four tracks debut.

Here's a complete rundown:

Luke Combs on Hot Country Songs, June 22, 2019
No. 3, "Beer Never Broke My Heart" 
No. 12, "Even Though I'm Leaving"
No. 19, "Lovin' On You"
No. 20, "Refrigerator Door"
No. 21, "Moon Over Mexico"

Since Hot Country Songs began as an all-encompassing genre songs tally in October 1958 (today, it blends streaming, airplay and sales data), the iconic Cash is the only other act to have charted five songs in the top 25 simultaneously. Cash did so for three weeks, on charts dated May 11, 18 and 25, 1959. Here's how the songs ranked in the last of those frames:

Johnny Cash on Hot Country Songs, May 25, 1959
No. 8, "Luther Played the Boogie"
No. 11, "Frankie's Man, Johnny"
No. 14, "You Dreamer You"
No. 15, "Thanks a Lot"
No. 20, "Don't Take Your Guns to Town"

Blake Shelton's "God's Country" leads Hot Country Songs for a fourth nonconsecutive week. During Cash's fivefold feat, a pair of classics reigned: George Jones' "White Lightning" (May 11) and Johnny Horton's "The Battle of New Orleans" (May 18 and 25).